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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanielKYos

Studying multiple languages, health is affected across all languages?

I am studying two languages on duolingo currently, and would start more except...... When I run out of health while studying Japanese, for example, I cannot study Spanish until the health is restored. I know I can wait until tomorrow, or I can purchase more health, but that doesn't seem right to penalize me in one language for what I didn't know in a different one. I shouldn't have to stop studying one because I am too bad in another. It's like failing one class at school because I bombed the final in another class. The result so far is that I just kind of stopped caring about Spanish.

October 26, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Phoenix_4

I totally agree. I am working on three languages currently, and that was even when I used the app. I actually stopped because 1-I couldn't view the forums on the app, it would come as an email which was always a pain 2-The health was very annoying, having to either buy health back or wait. Especially as you said, studying multiple languages with only one health shield. I love the website because there is no health shield. Excellent point you brought up, they should really change that.

October 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas.Heiss

Hi Daniel,

health only makes sense for easier languages.

I checked your "extended user profile" for your current ACTIVE Japanese tree:

  • exempt_from_health: false

Obviously something is wrong with this setting.

For (much) more difficult languages like Chinese Mandarin, Arabic, Hindi, (maybe Hungarian) it used to be set to TRUE.

I can't exactly remember those languages which I have checked occassionally in the last 6-12 months (but I had seen it once for Mandarin Chinese!)...

IMHO the health flag should be set for Japanese to false, shoudn't it?

Any FSI category IV "super hard" language should be excluded from health?!?

And for the more difficult languages in the "category III" (Hungarian, Russian, etc.) this also should be the case (IMHO)?!

https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/29518040/FSI-changed-their-estimates-for-German-and-French-and-added-Haitian-Creole-to-their-S3-R3-table

Why don't you submit a bug report to staff to ask about excluding health for Japanese: https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

Or you need to buy a "Duolingo Plus" subscription and activate the "health shield" (IOS):

https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/articles/360016054151-How-do-I-enable-the-Health-Hearts-Shield-

I have no clue if developers have implemented their shield on Android yet.

October 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnnaGuaGua

What is this "health?" I dont think I have that feature.

October 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Phoenix_4

In the Duolingo app, you begin your lessons with one health shield (five hearts, or lives). When you answer a question incorrectly, you lose a heart. Once you have lost all your hearts, there is the option to wait a certain period of time, buy more with gems, or earn them one by one by practicing. You probably don't have this feature because you are using the website, correct?

October 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnnaGuaGua

I use both. Not sure if I have that on my phone. I've been using the website lately. Is this a brand new feature?

October 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Phoenix_4

I don't think so, you might have it on your phone if it's the app.

October 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanielKYos

I am not 100% sure how it works. I started off my experience by having it, but my co-workers do not have it. I am pretty sure it is a setting you can have turned on or off. I can disable it, but I like it on the one language scenario. Basically, it gives you five opportunities to make mistakes before it either cuts you off for about 10 hours or so until all five bars are restored, or you can purchase more with bonus points. I always wait to have it stored naturally, but I really like it because it forces me to slow down and pay attention and not make silly mistakes.

October 26, 2019
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